An Integrated Agriculture System

Anticipating the likelihood that resource constraints would get worse in the years ahead, Missourian Charles McCutcheon developed an integrated agriculture system in the 1970s for farmers and homesteaders.



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The red worm beds at Charles McCutcheon's facility produce about 6,000 obs of "red wrigglers." Worms played a big part in his integrated agriculture system by turning manure and grain residue into fertilizer.
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Charlie McCutcheon with a large and small bag of his natural potting soil amendment.
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TOP: Worm castings make excellent organic fertilizer. BOTTOM: Protein-rich grain residue serves as both a livestock feed supplement and as earthworm fodder.
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The McCutcheons' alcohol distillation system.
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This flow chart demonstrates how the waste or byproducts from one process become resource inputs for another.
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The McCutcheon's ethanol-powered tractor.
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Diagram of the McCutcheon's alcohol fuel distillery.
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